As I was scanning large groups of papers for my genealogy society project, I decided to continue my purging of my files.
I came across some files that were actually useful. My grandmother had a
scrapbook of newspaper clippings, birth announcement cards, wedding invitations
and even funeral cards. Years ago, I had photocopied each of these pages, so I
could have a copy of her scrapbook. Then I proceeded to cut out the articles
(from my copy) and started to sort them by family name. I came across a group
for my maternal grandmother’s maiden name. I had forgotten that I had these. I
was excited because when I had started putting these names into my database, I
didn’t always source where I found this information. Now I have something to
record and I can proceed to scan the items, and then file them into the proper
In the last few years, I have started to create a computer record of my
paper records. This is easy with census records, since they are found online
and with my Ancestry.com subscription, I can easily save these to my computer.
I also like the idea of scanning vital records, because then I don’t have to
keep touching the copies that I have. I can just bring up the scan image and
review the item. Plus I can attach the copy of the source to my citation within
my genealogy program.
I felt extremely productive today, because I was working on two projects at
the same time, my huge scanning project and my own purging project. Multi-tasking